4 star reviews, Book reviews, Childrens' Books, Yoga

Yoga for Kids by Susannah Hoffman

4/5 stars

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In the foreward for this book, actress Patricia Arquette writes how “we live in a world of chaos” and “it’s important to find ways to heal and combat the fast world”.  That is what yoga is.  Yoga forces us to slow down, to breathe deep, to focus on our movements,  to accept ourselves where we are – I have yet to take a yoga class where the teacher does not, at some point, remind us that we are all different and that maybe we could do a pose deeper the day before but, like Susannah Hoffman, the author of this book tells readers that they are doing yoga perfectly for them that day, even if one side is tighter than the other or it’s more difficult today than it was yesterday.

This book starts by explaining that in yoga, we often start with “Om”–seated on the mat, cross-legged, leaving everything else behind and focusing on our breath.  And we end with “Namaste” – hands at prayer position, the light in you recognizing the light in others.  It’s the message we end with and try to take off our mats back into the chaotic world.

The first poses are warm up poses, simple things like shoulder stretches and side stretches, which encourages a warm up before getting into more complicated poses.  There are two pages explaining how to do each pose. After every few poses, Susannah Hoffman shows the reader how to put it together in a sequence or, as we say in yoga, “how to flow”.

There are pop-ups on some of the pages for grown-ups to tell them what the pose is doing and how to make sure their child is doing it in such a way that they won’t get hurt.

The photographs in this book are beautiful and very engaging and inviting, they made me want to get up and do yoga!  I loved how they used different kids of different ages and abilities and several kids with Down syndrome.

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I thought this was a great introduction to yoga for kids ages 7-12.  I would definitely consider buying this for the library.

I would like to thank Netgalley for my digital copy.

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